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Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Policy Drawn Up

May 6, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

The Draft Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Policy has been drawn up.

The mineral resources and energy department published the Draft Policy in Government Gazette 44538 for comment.

The Draft Policy is designed to foster the creation of a “formalised Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Industry that can operate optimally in a sustainable manner while contributing to the economy in the form of taxes and royalties and through job creation, and for the elimination of illegal ASM operations”.

It emphasizes that despite policy and legislative interventions and support structures post 1994, the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) industry continues to experience challenges.

“The industry remains largely informal, despite an increase in the number of section 27 mining permits that have been issued by the Department.”

The size of the industry in terms of the players involved, number of people employed, its socio-economic impact, investments, and contribution to Gross Domestic Product in the form of taxes and royalties, is also not properly documented.

The policy review seeks to outline government’s policy interventions to address challenges and support the sustainable development of the ASM industry.

“These policy interventions will create an enabling environment for the industry to meaningfully contribute to the mainstream economy, job creation and poverty alleviation.”

The Draft Policy focuses on comparative study recommendations; differentiation of concepts; licensing regime and administration; institutional and support mechanisms; fiscal regime; environmental management, health, safety and water use considerations; government’s policy stance on illegal mining; reporting and accountability; policy implementation, enforcement, monitoring and evaluation and policy review.

Comment is invited until 17 June 2021.